“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell

Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
1. Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell Marker
Inscription. The light beacon and fog bell in Big Springs International Park were presented as a gift from Norway in 1973.

The light beacon served as one of the guiding lights to the mariner from 1903 to 1966 being situated on the west coast of Norway at Langbakneset. It is typical of some 1800 beacons which have been erected on the rugged Norwegian coast with all its fjords and islands.

The first beacons of this type were put in 1883. In the year 1973 Norway still uses about 1300 of these "oil light beacons." For practical reasons the oil burner is now being replaced by an electric light source or acetylen gas burner, needing little attention compared to the old oil burner type installation which required refueling every week. Refueling was usually carried out by the local fisherman engaged as a tender.

The fog bell was in operation at Aksdalesnes near Stavanger from 1929 to 1964, and the tower is a copy of that used for some 15 land based fog bells on the Norwegian coast. The first of these were put up more than hundred years ago. Sailing vessels with their relatively slow speed made use of this type of fog signal, but modern ships require more efficient fog signals for their navigation.
Erected 1973 by City of Huntsville.
The Norwegian Light Beacon image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
2. The Norwegian Light Beacon
34° 43.647′ N, 86° 35.299′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Williams Avenue Southwest west of Church Street Southwest. Click for map. Marker is located in the center of Big Spring Park near the Huntsville Museum of Art. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntsville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (about 600 feet away); Original Site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northern Terminus Indian Creek Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Hunt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Erected in 1835 (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Bank In Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
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The Norwegian Fog Bell image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
3. The Norwegian Fog Bell
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 98 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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